The Northern Cape is the biggest province in South Africa and affords holidaymakers sights of a handful of the most outstanding landscape in the nation. It is home to the historic San people whom existed here thousands of years in the past. While the San people are gone from the area, their legacy stays in the rock art they’ve left behind. In addition to the McGregor Museum in Kimberley, there are actually sufficient samples of San Rock Art to be found at different spots down the Orange and Vaal rivers.

Undoubtedly one of the best parts in the Northern Cape may be the Augrabies Falls National Park. These thundering waterfalls are the focal point of an region where people are able to hike, mountain bike or experience paddling trips. The 90m falls drop down a series of granite cataracts.

In the very north of the province is the Richtersveld Transfrontier Park which is a joint venture among South Africa and Botswana. It is home to magnificent creatures including the black maned lions, gemsbok and the oryx. This part of the Northern Cape is notoriously hot, arid and remote. The only standing water is the Orange or Gariep River. There are few highways hence that it isn’t a simple region to pay a visit.

The main urban centre is Kimberley and along with the a great many museums, art galleries and aged architectural structures, travellers and tourists may locate “The Big Hole” which had been produced as a result of open cast mining for diamonds. It’s the biggest manufactured hole on earth that was dug for the duration of what was the largest diamond rush of all time.

Namaqualand is renowned for the blossoming flowers which flood the area with a stunning array of colours for a few brief weeks in August and September. Having said that, this section of the Northern Cape is not appreciated a lot outside the flower season. These desert and semi-desert locations do have their very own charm. The sky is open and breathtaking, the far away slopes and the multi-coloured stones generate their own remarkable spectacle.

Rob Atherton

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